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Car Parade in New Street

Heartland

master brummie
A number of classic vehicles paraded through Birmingham in the summer of 1980.

They passed down New Street at a time before pedestrians took over this thorough fare:
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Vivienne14

Kentish Brummie
Think I’ve seen a photo of the same parade with a Mini Moke - remember those ? Think there were models in the Moke. Viv.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
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We had Mini Mokes in the late 1960's and early 70's. They were without rear seat as equipment was carried there. Fantastic little vehicles ideal where you were continually getting in and out of them.
Some bright spark (not management) stated that they were unsafe and the men could fall out of them easily. I went quite a few miles in them and never fell out! Remember the people who were likely to fall out were the kind of people who climbed ladders crawled on roofs, scrambled down into cellars and sewers and did all manner of things that would be considered dangerous. That was the start of the H&SE directives. Surviving models are worth a fortune I believe.
 

Vivienne14

Kentish Brummie
There are German, Irish, Scottish and French flags on the Town Hall. Was this parade part of some wider event ? Viv.
 

Brookfields Lad

master brummie
I was there watching the parade.
I remember a Citroen DS being driven around on three wheels. One of the rear wheels had been removed to show how sophisticated the suspension of the DS was.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Apart from Rolls Royce. a Citroen DS9 was a car I always considered buying. But they were quite expensive to maintain so I never did own either one.
 

Gerry Cannell

master brummie
Anyone remember this?PROGRAMME WRITE UP ABOUT THE BIRMINGHAM MOTORING FESTIVAL..jpg It is a page from a Mallory Park programme, and mentions the Motoring Festival, which I was part of. This was the pre-cursor to the Birmingham Grand prix.
 

Gerry Cannell

master brummie
Just to add to the above. There are lots of video and movie showing Birminghams grand Prix, but I have never seen any of the actual Festival, when the racing cars did a circuit of Colmore Row, New Street, corporation Street and back to Colmore Row. THOUSANDS lined the streets, and it really was a show-stopper for the people of Brum....and yet, no 8mm or movie of any kind has ever been found, to my knowledge anyway. unless someone on here recalls filming it?
 

Gerry Cannell

master brummie
The vintage car (NK 616) in the first post seems to have been part of the International Motoring Festival of June 1972. Maybe this was an annual event, hence the various flags flying on the Town Hall. Viv.

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Hi! Many thanks for this information. I think that this was the event. I have never seen anything about it before. The mix of cars there was wonderous, from F1 cars through to sports cars and Special Saloon racing cars. the sun was out, and noise was wonderful Birmingham celebrated it's heritage. it was organized by an old friend at the time, MARTIN HONE. Martin sadly got no real thanks for the event, and I understand was shut out of the organizing of the later Grand Prix.
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
Just to add to the above. There are lots of video and movie showing Birminghams grand Prix, but I have never seen any of the actual Festival, when the racing cars did a circuit of Colmore Row, New Street, corporation Street and back to Colmore Row. THOUSANDS lined the streets, and it really was a show-stopper for the people of Brum....and yet, no 8mm or movie of any kind has ever been found, to my knowledge anyway. unless someone on here recalls filming it?


No film or video, but here is a photo of the racing cars that looks like they are racing against buses.

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Robert Ensor (bob)

master brummie
Does any one recall the parade in 1975 thru Brum to mark 75 years of motoring history, The parade was led by a white Jaguar XJS license # PJE444, I think the Evening Mail and Dispatch had a picture of it on the front page, I would love to find a picture, it was my job to get the Jaguar ready for the show back then the XJS was brand new and this was the first one out of the factory.
 

Robert Ensor (bob)

master brummie
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We had Mini Mokes in the late 1960's and early 70's. They were without rear seat as equipment was carried there. Fantastic little vehicles ideal where you were continually getting in and out of them.
Some bright spark (not management) stated that they were unsafe and the men could fall out of them easily. I went quite a few miles in them and never fell out! Remember the people who were likely to fall out were the kind of people who climbed ladders crawled on roofs, scrambled down into cellars and sewers and did all manner of things that would be considered dangerous. That was the start of the H&SE directives. Surviving models are worth a fortune I believe.
I had one bought it half wackes with my pop I drove from Rendal to the city every day including the winter big long coat hat gloves and froze my ass off, mine was yellow paid 200 pounds for it 74 ? ( sorry I am in the states my key board only has a $ sign)
 

Gerry Cannell

master brummie
I had one bought it half wackes with my pop I drove from Rendal to the city every day including the winter big long coat hat gloves and froze my ass off, mine was yellow paid 200 pounds for it 74 ? ( sorry I am in the states my key board only has a $ sign)

When we were filming a TV series in Wales, we had Mokes, fitted with a canvass striped roof cover. They were chosen because they were thought to look Different.
 
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